Ilya Kovalchuk Balks At Joining L.A.; What Now?

July 4th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
After tons of speculation suggesting that highly sought after free agent sniper, Ilya Kovalchuk was going to sign with the Los Angeles Kings, the L.A. Times is reporting that they were informed by Kings’ general manager Dean Lombardi that Kovalchuk would not be headed to Tinseltown.

“We took our best shot to meet his (Kovalchuk’s) needs and the teams”, Lombardi wrote to the L.A. Times via email.

At this point there are still a number of NHL teams still interested in Kovalchuk, including the New Jersey Devils, Colorado Avalanche, and the New York Islanders—who are said to have tendered a ten-year $10 million dollar deal to Kovalchuk, the same amount he turned down from the Atlanta Thrashers organization just a few months ago.

While it is unknown as to how much money and what kind of term the Kings were offering Kovalchuk, his decision to turn down the Kings is puzzling.

Blessed with a ton of young/dynamic talent, the Kings would be able to offer Kovalchuk a legitimate chance to win a Stanley Cup Championship right away. He would also have huge star power, advertising opportunities, and red carpet treatment like he has never s ...

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